About the Corpse Flower
This species of corpse flower, Amorphophallus titanum, produces the world’s largest unbranched cluster of flowers, with a bloom that can grow to more than eight feet in height and open to a width of four feet across. It is a rare tropical plant native to the equatorial rainforests of Sumatra, in Indonesia. When in flower, the plant releases a really stinky smell, like rotting meat. That's why Indonesians call it “Bunga Bangkai,” which means corpse flower.
A corpse flower in bloom is as rare as it is spectacular. A plant can go many years without flowering. When it does flower, the bloom lasts only one or two days. Some people travel around the world hoping to see a corpse flower at the moment it blooms. For botanists and the public, being “in the right place at the right time” to see one of these magnificent plants in bloom can be a once-in-a-lifetime treat.
"The corpse flower is a striking example of the incredible biodiversity of our planet, and I want to express deep gratitude to The Huntington for giving us the wonderful opportunity to share it with our guests."
JEFF RUDOLPH, PRESIDENT & CEO OF THE CALIFORNIA SCIENCE CENTER
For more information about this amazing plant, check out this video from PBS.